Chandlers Mill Dam Emergency Repairs

Chandlers Mill Dam emergency repairs are anticipated to start in the next couple of weeks. I appreciate your patience as we worked through the state budget and procurements processes.

I will continue to serve as the DWR Project Manager for this project. I can be reached on my cell at 804-754-6895 or email at  Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns about this project. I am happy to go over the plans and discuss things in more detail at any time.  I will be assisted by our Dam Safety Project Manager Jacob Compton, so you may see him from time to time in my place. Buchart Horn is the project engineering firm and Docks of the Bay is the project contractor for the repairs. They were previously onsite so you may have already met them.

Equipment will start moving in during early to mid-April. For the first couple months it will be primarily site work in preparation for the spillway. By summer we anticipate the new spillway to be in progress. The final part of the project will be the road turn around, culverts, fencing, and finish grading, which we anticipate occurring in the fall to winter timeframe. Once the dam is repaired and stabilized, we will start the process of refilling the pond. The current anticipated finish date is March 1, 2024, but is subject to change due to weather conditions and the availability of materials.

John Kirk 
Capital Programs Manager, VCCO

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

7870 Villa Park Dr.
P.O. Box 90778
Henrico, VA 23228-0778